Sunday, September 21, 2008

Thanks For The Memories


A few nights ago I had a dream about that I was a kid when September 21 popped up on the calendar in 2008 and it was all over. I thought about the title for this article to make you readers cry. I thought of titles like "Bye" and "But Its Over Now" from Rihanna's smash hit but it came to this. I was sad from the arrival of the historical Sports Illustrated in my PO Box where the title is," It's Gone: The Passing of Baseball's Cathedral." This is the same field where Mantle and Ruth and Gehrig and Maris and Jeter all stepped foot. They really thank G-d for wearing pinstripes. My first impression of the new Yankee Stadium will be "WOW!" and then "WOW this place has no history yet." My friend who dreams of working in baseball quotes, " The only reason this place is getting knocked down is because the Steinbrenner's wouldn't be able to live if the Mets had a nicer stadium then the Yanks." Who knows! It will be the saddest day in Yankee history when this ballpark is knocked down. Who knows who will get the last pitch and hit? It should be Mo and Jeter but you never know. It could even be George Sherrill and Brian Roberts for all we know.

You name it that, sport was played at the stadium. Boxing, football, and of course our beloved baseball. Some of my greatest memories happened at the ballpark like watching Boone jack the homer in '03 to keep the curse living and of course some of my worst memories happened out on 161st street like watching the Bronx Bombers choke in '04. I cried hysterically that night. As the last games have began to approach I got my last look at the stadium on the 13th of September as part of a double header against the Tampa Bay Rays. I almost cried walking out of their. The Bronx Bombers won 6-5. All 26 championships, the most of any sports teams ever, have been won at this historic monument. Once again Yankee Stadium, the Steinbrenner family, all the players and coaches, and all the die hard, Bronx Bombers fanatics who go wild when ever this team wins any stinkin' game the fans thank you for all the legendary memories that are unforgettable and will always be in the record books. The fans hope more then 26 championships come at the new Yankee Stadium.

Here is the new Mastercard commercial or what it should be:

Decent Seats to the last home game: $200
A Hot Dog and a Coke: $10
Souvenir Baseball: $25
Catching the last home run: PRICELESS

---------------- Now playing: Frank Sinatra - New York, New York
via FoxyTunes

Friday, September 19, 2008

Interview With The New Knicks

Last night at the New York Liberty playoff game I got the chance to interview two Knicks rookies, Patrick Ewing Jr., the 43rd pick and Danilo Gallinari, the 6th overall pick. Ewing Jr. has already been traded twice from the Kings to Rockets to the Knicks. Here is the interview with the Hall of Famers son, Patrick Ewing Jr.:

Q: How did you play against your dad in the backyard?
A: I only beat him once and the next game I didn't score.

Q: What was it like being a Hall of Famer's son?
A: I lived a normal, regular life.

Q: What advice did your dad give you about playing in the NBA?
A: To play hard, play with energy and with effort.

Q: What is your tip to a pursuing player?
A: Same thing and to be good at everything and to work on everything.

Here is me interview with Danilo "The Rooster" Gallinari:

Q: How will the Knicks be influenced by the addition of you?
A: We will win more games, enjoy the season and the team and the fans combined will create more wins.

Q: What was the transition from Italy?
A: Not tough. Exciting actually, nice process. Now we are here to win a title together.

Q from Danilo: Will you come to Knicks games?
A: Yes.
DG: I guess we will see each other at Knicks games?

Monday, September 15, 2008

This Week In The NFL

This has been an amazing way to start of the year in the NFL! Two wonderful weeks of exciting football. My Super Bowl Prediction, the Chargers are 0-2 and my my Jets lost to a QB who hasn't started a football game since his senior year of high school. Two rookie running backs run wild and they are both on my fantasy team, Matt Forte and Darren McFadden (Pick'em up). Oh and by the way when the Bears lose, the Cubs throw a no-hitter in a neutral ballpark, (OR LIKE WRIGLEY JR.) Miller Park.

Tonight is the best MNF of the year when Dallas plays Philly. This could decide the division if they are tied at the end of the season. Tony "I Pick Browns Fans Up Who Are Stranded On the Side of the Road" Romo gets his shot at the great McNabb. You know this is primetime because T.O opened his mouth to take shots at his former QB.

So now to the win-less Chargers. They have lost in the final seconds of each of their games to Denver and Carolina. Rivers has been sensational and Sproles stepped up for LT but The King has no clue what is happening out in San Diego. Now San Diego have to play MY Jets and hopefully the Jets will knock them to 0 and 3.

I know I haven't but some people's fantasy teams must be struggling with Brady hurt so here are some pickups that you may need.

QB: Matt Cassell and Aaron Rodgers
RB: Matt Forte, Ronnie Brown, Michael Turner and Darren McFadden
WR: Eddie Royal, Isaac Bruce, and Antwan Randel El
TE: Tony Scheffler

Friday, September 12, 2008

Burnin' Up For October

Carlos Delgado could be leading the Mets to the playoffs by himself. With putting the Mets in playoff contention he has always made himself an MVP candidate. Delgado has hit 12 homers since August 1st with 5 homers in September. The red hot Mets are 3 games up on the rival Phillies with 17 games left. In 2007, the Mets had 17 games to go when their season began to go wrong. Delgado along with the rest of the Mets are confident that the Mets won't collapse. Delgado said "We think what happened last year is not going to happen again, and we're very confident that we can get this done."

The Mets play the last 17 games against the Braves, Nats, Braves, Cubs, and then the Marlins. Last year during the collapse the Mets played some easy teams after the Phillies including the Phillies, the Nationals twice, a one game series with the Cardinals, and the Marlins twice.

Is another collapse coming or will Delgado lead the Mets to October?

Monday, September 8, 2008

A Crazy Day In Sports

"Tom Brady out for the remainder of the season".


With Nadal losing, Serena winning, Indy losing to the Bears, and Matt Cassell's the QB that will make major headlines.


After being hit in the first quarter Tom Brady went out with an injury on his left knee and will never return. The Patriots MVP didn't take a snap all preseason and took a few and is done. His backup, Matt Cassell has rarely ever played but he pulled out a win against KC.

Led by Matt Forte's 123 yards the second most by a rookie on opening day as the Bears beat the Colts, 29-13.


For a truer measure of redemption, consider instead Serena Williams Coming into last night's final, she hadn't won the championship here in six years or been number 1.

After Williams had finally put down Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5 late Sunday night in one of the finest women's finals here in many years she was finally number 1 again.

In other tennis news Nadal after going down 2 sets to none yesterday, he lost the 2nd part of the match Rafa lost 4-6, 6-4 in day 2. Tonight is Federer vs Murray.


As the pennant race in the NL East could have been tied after Philly won game 1 and the Mets won game 2 of a double header.

After Toronto swept the Rays the Rays are only up 1.5, the same as the Dodgers.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

It's Time For A Rematch

Last years finals is exactly the same in this years US Open semifinals.

Novak Djokovic against Roger Federer.

Last year Djokovic reached his first finals and lost to Roger, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4. Now that Federer is playing amazing it is really tough to say that Novak will win. As Andy Roddick says, "Novak's got 16 different injuries right now." Last year I was rooting for Novak Djokovic but only to see a different winner in Flushing (hopefully it is the Phillies across the street also). The article I wrote about last years finals made me begin thinking about becoming a sports journalist. Now in the 2008 semi's Djokovic is not beating Federer so fast. Roger is a superior player and I am looking foward to seeing him earn back his ranking at number 1 in the world by beating Rafael Nadal, if he can get past Andy Murray.

So my final prediction is Federer 6-4,4-6,6-3,7-6. Make your picks on the Open or anything like College Football, Football, and even the pennant race by emailing me at

Thursday, September 4, 2008

NFL Preview 2008

I have read some crazy NFL predictions like that the Eagles will win the division and get to the Super Bowl. That prediction was made by a guy on ESPN who gets paid to make predictions (badly). You readers know I know more then him so here are my predictions.

AFC East
1. New England Patriots, 14-2
2. New York Jets, 11-5
3. Buffalo Bills, 8-8
4. Miami Dolphins, 3-13

AFC North
1. Pittsburgh Steelers, 12-4
2. Cleveland Browns, 11-5
3. Cincinnati Bengals, 6-10
4. Baltimore Ravens, 4-12

AFC West
1. San Diego Chargers, 14-2
2. Denver Broncos, 9-7
3. Oakland Raiders, 7-9
4. Kansas City Chiefs, 2-14

AFC South
1. Indianapolis Colts, 12-4
2. Jacksonville Jaguars, 11-5
3. Tennessee Titans, 10-6
4. Houston Texans, 6-10

NFC East
1. Dallas Cowboys, 12-4
2. Philadelphia Eagles, 10-6
3. New York Giants, 9-7
4. Washington Redskins, 8-8

NFC North
1. Minnesota Vikings, 11-5
2. Green Bay Packers, 9-7
2nd Place, 3rd Place, or 4th Plnce. Chicago Bears, (either 10-6, 8-8, or 3-13)
4. Detroit Lions, 4-12

NFC South
1. Tampa Bay Buccanears, 10-6
2. New Orleans Saints, 10-6
3. Carolina Panthers, 6-10
4. Atlanta Falcons, 2-14

NFC West
1. Seattle Seahawks, 11-5
2. Arizona Cardinals, 9-7
3. St. Louis Rams, 5-11
4. San Fransisco 49ers, 3-13

MVP: Ladanian Tomlinson

NFC Rookie of the Year: Jonathan Stewart

AFC Rookie of the Year: James Hardy

Super Bowl XLIII: Chargers vs Cowboys

Chargers 28, Cowboys 21